Usually I like their work. The Reichstag in Germany, the islands , the bridge in Paris all where amazing. However for me the beauty was the scale and power of the art. The gates are just overpowered by Manhattan, they just do not have the impact of the past work. However from an engineering and logistic standpoint they are impressive
I heard an interview with the artists and a professor of fine arts last night on CBC radio.
The professor was saying that the Gates represents this wild reversal of our normal priorities in life (capitalism, consumerism, although he did not use the words).
How is blowing $21 million on an art project, which is clearly linked to your own name, breaking out of the box? Because it is only going to be up for two weeks? Well, nothing last forever. Even the pharoah’s great pyramids will one day return to dust. They are just shortening that time table.
I don’t know the artists well enough, but from my distance it seems like they are just showing off, which is normal in society. The ultimate bling bling.